The United Nations in the 21st Century

The United Nations in the 21st Century

by Karen A. Mingst, Margaret P. Karns, Alynna J. Lyon
     
 

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The third edition of this popular text focuses on major events since 2000, including 9/11 and the war against terrorism, the Iraq War's effect on the UN's relevance, and the Millennium Development Goals. Thoroughly revised throughout, the text also has a new chapter on human security issues that encompasses environmental concerns and global health.

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The third edition of this popular text focuses on major events since 2000, including 9/11 and the war against terrorism, the Iraq War's effect on the UN's relevance, and the Millennium Development Goals. Thoroughly revised throughout, the text also has a new chapter on human security issues that encompasses environmental concerns and global health.

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“The authors present a solid case that unless the UN reforms to meet ‘the demands for governance and the challenges of diminished sovereignty…’ it will become increasingly irrelevant. . . . [The book] provides ample information on the dynamics of the 21st century world politics that have shaped the role of the UN.” —International Journal on World Peace

“This text presents a comprehensive study of the prospects and challenges for the United Nations in the twenty-first century. It is essential reading for anyone interested in international organization and global politics. The accessible and engaging writing makes it ideal for classroom use.” —Meena Bose, Hofstra University

“...The United Nations in the 21st Century provides a thorough and accessible overview of the world’s preeminent international organization. It is updated to include the most recent global challenges, from terrorism to piracy to global warming, and to reflect the importance of new players on the international scene. Mingst and Karns provide historical background and a detailed description of the UN system’s many institutions and actors. I have used earlier editions for my undergraduate courses and am eager to adopt this new-and-improved version.” —Alexander Thompson, Ohio State University

“This is a welcome update of a valuable text for courses on the United Nations, international organization, or IR. Clear organization and accessible writing make it exceptionally user-friendly for undergraduate teaching. Highlights ways the UN has adapted (or not) to new challenges of the 21st century.” —Richard Stahler-Sholk, Eastern Michigan University

“To find such breadth and depth of material on the United Nations and its activities in a book of this size is remarkable. The effective mix of theory, practice, actors, and issues is complemented by an engaging and easy-to-read narrative. The approach and content of this new edition ensure that the book remains valuable reading for all students of the United Nations and international organizations.”
—Courtney B. Smith, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813345383
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Series:
Dilemmas in World Politics
Edition description:
Fourth Edition, Fourth Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Karen A. Mingst is Lockwood Chair Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky.

Margaret P. Karns is Professor Emerita of Political Science, University of Dayton and Visiting Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance, The McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Alynna J. Lyon is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire.

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